Break your back launches

Tuesday, November 12, 2002 4:33 PM


This summer I had my 3rd visit to the point and had a great time. I rode Power Tower and loved both rides but preferred the Turbo Drop. Space Shot had a great smooth and comfy launch up 240 feet. Turbo Drop really lost my stomach and was great.

A few weeks later at the end of August I visited MFI near Niagara Falls. They just installed a Chance Slingshot named the Daredevil. I'm not sure how this thing is launched but its a sudden jerk up to the top. It really hurt my back and I was in pain the next day. The way back down was nice but the launch was quite painful. Figure this:

Power Tower = 2.5 X the size of Daredevil

Power Tower = smooth launch

Dare Devil = painful launch

Is it just me or does something not fit?

Any one know how chance towers are launched? The air launch seems much better.

Also, I've only launched coaster I've been on is Hulk and since its a Beemer its obviously smooth but how are launched on other coasters? Is it a sudden jerk of pain like on Daredevil? Or a nice smooth and FAST acceleration like on Power Tower.


As the coasters get bigger so do the queue lines

Tuesday, November 12, 2002 4:43 PM
I've not been on any other tower model then an S&S, but both the Hulk and Greezed Lightnin', a Schwarzkopf Shuttle Loop, were smooth, comfortable and highly enjoyable.

Schwarzkopf shuttle loops...The most possible fun in 36 seconds.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002 4:48 PM
I haven't had any problems on any launched coaster, and that includes Premier, Intamin, and Schwartzkopf (sp?) I also didn't find the Slingshot offensive either. But hey, it was your ride, not mine.
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Tuesday, November 12, 2002 4:50 PM

Hulk Launch = Tires

LIM/ LSM = Equals magnetics

S&S Towers and other launched rides = Air Launch

Chance Towers = Dunno but I'd guess spring, because the S&S prototype used the worlds largest spring.

I need to use the Pipi station.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002 4:55 PM
I think Chance uses hydraulics... a spring doesn't seem like a very effective method for a launch ride.

I found the Fabbri chain lift freefall ride a little interesting, but I doubt that any models use a spring.

Tuesday, November 12, 2002 8:39 PM
The only intense and kinda jerky launch was hypersonic, becuase it was so strong and sudden, as with premeir launches, that I have rode they arent launched to its set speed in under 1.8secs ,but maybe 4secs 6secs or less. I thought the launch on the premeir pasta bowls where very weak compared to The chiller at SFGAdv's launch, which isent as fast as Hypersonic, but fast enough. I still liked Hypersonic thou, I think it was just the seats wherent to confortable.
Thursday, November 14, 2002 11:35 AM

TRANSLATION: The only intense and kind of jerky launch I have ridden is Hypersonic, because it is so strong and sudden. However, Premier launches I have ridden aren't launched to its set speed of 1.8 seconds, but around 4-6secs. I thought the launch on the Premier spaghetti bowls were very weak when compared to B&R: The Chiller, which is not as fast as Hypersonic, but fast enough. I still liked Hypersonic though, I think it was just the seats weren't to comfortable. END TRANSLATION.


Thursday, November 14, 2002 4:05 PM
My vote goes for Xcelerator. Very fast, very intense, and definately all of a sudden. You'd better keep your back to the seat or it'll put it there for ya.
Thursday, November 14, 2002 8:12 PM
I agree with you Rampage...Xcelerator's launch was incredible. I thought it was the best part of the whole ride. I knew the launch was going to be intense, but I had no idea it was going to be THAT strong. I was speechless when I got off.
"There's no such thing as a mistake. There's what you do, and what you don't do."
Thursday, November 14, 2002 8:19 PM

Was anybody "really" able to keep your hands down on H:XLC....Lord knows I wanted to try and keep my arms down, and I "sorta" did....I thought it was more of a sudden "burst" of speed...well, it IS a "blast" of air, so that makes sense. Xcelerator seemed "smoother" was FAST, but seemedto be more "controlled". Not being able to keep my glasses on detracted somewhat....I like being launched indoors into the dark, definitely makes it FEEL faster to me...

bill, hoping nobody would realy want to build a ride with a launch that would literally "break my back"....that wouldn't be funny, nah, I think EVEN *I* would walk by THAT particualr ride, yes sirree bob...;)

Friday, November 15, 2002 5:04 AM
I actually had a problem with Rock'n Rollercoaster, I found the launch to be very painful. Not that it wasn't smooth, it was just so sudden and fast I literally thought I felt all my organs hit the back of my body. I still rode it 5 times because I loved the rest of the ride, but you know what I mean. That is why I would be a little apprehensive about jumping on Hypersonic. As for V2, it has a really slow first launch which is actually awesome because when you go backwards through there you think you're going full speed but you feel it getting faster.

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Friday, November 15, 2002 6:54 AM

I agree with Gator, Xcelerator's launch is definately the bomb, intense power, but smooth as can be.

I can't wait to see if CP can copy that same type of intensity in 2003.

BGT one more month here I come !!

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